By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
They have some old Nixon people coming in to chat with them and this is after some select present and former IC officials have already been chatting with key Democrats in the House. Swell eh?
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a series of hearings related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, with the first one titled: ‘Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes’ taking place next Monday.
Next week’s hearing will feature John Dean ‘the former White House counsel who famously turned on President Nixon during the Watergate investigation, as well as former U.S. Attorneys and legal experts,’ according to the committee’s press release.
“These hearings will allow us to examine the findings laid out in Mueller’s report so that we can work to protect the rule of law and protect future elections through consideration of legislative and other remedies,” Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement. “Given the threat posed by the President’s alleged misconduct, our first hearing will focus on President Trump’s most overt acts of obstruction. In the coming weeks, other hearings will focus on other important aspects of the Mueller report.”
The announcement comes as calls for opening an impeachment inquiry have grown louder among House Democrats, particular after Mueller made rare on-camera remarks reiterating his report’s finding that President Trump could not be cleared of obstruction.
It is unclear whether this new series of hearings will tamp down the impeachment inquiry talk. The committee has held other hearings broadly related to topics covered by Mueller’s investigation, while its attempts to get key figures – particularly former White House Counsel Don McGahn and Attorney General Bill Barr – to testify have been stymied.
Note as well that Pelosi said last week the House will only do what will get results. Due to pressure, has she changed her mind? Even Nadler added that impeachment will only work if that is the will of the American people. What about Adam Schiff? Well, he too just said on ABC, that we are not there yet.
REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D), HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Well, look, I think we’re going to do what’s right for the country and at this point, the speaker has not reached the conclusion and I haven’t had either it’s best for the country to put us through an impeachment proceeding that we know is destined for failure in the Senate. Now that calculus may change if the president continues to stonewall if the president continues to demonstrate his unfitness for office. There may be a little additional cost to going through that process.
It is in a way, even if unsuccessful in the Senate, the ultimate form of censure in the House. But we’re not there yet and I think if it is a close call, close calls go against putting the country through that. We have an important legislative agenda to try to advance, we have important oversight work we can do outside the context of impeachment, and I think at this point that is still the preferred course.
The Democrats are resolute in ensuring this American political nightmare continues for many more months and they are fundraising from it all too. One has to ask if the DNC is paying media advertising rates to keep this up as long as ABC, CNN and the rest keep these talking heads on this topic – gotta wonder.